Support students, faculty and staff at Western Wyoming Community College - Demand Accountability and Transparency Around Layoffs
Proposed layoffs at Western Wyoming Community College are negatively impacting our students and community. Support students, staff, and faculty by contacting the college's Board of Trustees to urge them to exercise the greatest degree of accountability and transparency during these difficult times.
The community should serve as a partner to the college in finding creative solutions to maintain the best possible learning environment for students. The community should be well-informed about why layoffs are needed, how they've been determined, and how the Board and Administration have worked to minimize the negative impacts on students and the community. Layoffs already in the works will eliminate entire degree pathways at Western. And, unfortunately, this is only the beginning. Financial shortfalls at the state level will mean more layoffs and less opportunity for students at our community college.
Please, contact the Board! Tell them that you want answers! Tell them that, as a community member, you want and deserve to be informed about how and why they've come to these decisions. Tell them that you want to work together on creative solutions to save our community college. Tell them that layoffs should be considered objectively and transparently. Downsizing at our community college should be fair and open, and based on concrete, measurable data. It should not be considered against ill-defined criteria, behind closed doors, in a hurried, special session. It's far past time our community college start listening to our community!
Submit public comment to the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees before they meet to consider layoffs this Thursday, January 28. Submit your written comment to Kandy Frink at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon.
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Please be present at Thursday's meeting. Though there will be no opportunity to make public comment, your presence at this virtual meeting shows that you stand in solidarity with students, faculty and staff at Western and that you care about our community college making the best decisions for our community. The Zoom invitation is below. You can access Thursday's meeting either by dialing in, or login in with the provided link via the Zoom application on your computer, cellphone, or other smart device.
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Download the photo above and visit the "Preferences" tab in your Zoom application to display it as your profile photo during Thursday's meeting. Doing so will show Board members that you support Western's students, faculty, and staff and that you want them to make good on their promise of exercising good judgment in their public office, by demonstrating accountability, and good stewardship of our community college.
As part of our ongoing efforts to advocate for students, faculty, and staff, the Education Association at Western Wyoming Community College has submitted several letters to the Board, made public comment, reviewed all information provided by the Board, and spoken with the press.
See the latest letter sent to the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees from the Education Association at Western Wyoming Community College here.
This letter was sent to the Board in January, again urging for transparency and community involvement.
This article from the Rocket Miner provides a good foundation of knowledge to understand the issues facing our community college and illustrates why layoffs must be considered transparently and objectively.